Afghanistan’s Uneven Progress for People with Disabilities

Despite a decade of international investment in the Afghan health system, people with disabilities, particularly those in remote areas, have not seen an improvement in health care availability or coverage of their needs, a new Lancet Global Health study finds.
 
Using data from 2 representative household surveys in 2005 (334 people) and 2013 (961 people) in 13 provinces, Jean-Francois Trani of Washington University in St. Louis and colleagues found that people with disabilities continue to face attitudinal, social, and accessibility barriers to health care.
 
Achieving universal health coverage by 2030 (SDG 3) in Afghanistan will require interventions such as promoting a community-based health-care system and training more health workers about disabilities, the authors suggest.
 
Source: The Lancet Global Health

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